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Puppies & Kittens

Who doesn’t LOVE puppies and kittens???  In fact, many pet owner do not spay or neuter their pets because they like having puppies/kittens around the house.  “They are just so stinking cute at that age”.  They put ads or signs out “puppies/kittens free to good home”, give them all away, and the do it all over again the next time.  Here’s the problem with that:

What’s the definition of a “good” home??

To some, it is a home where they will receive food and water, others think it is a home where they will be loved, and some people just don’t really care, the cuteness wears off and they just want them out of their hair.

The fact is that most people adopt/take in puppies and kittens on impulse, without thinking long term, and once the “awww” factor wears off, the animal suffers.  Pet adoption is something that should be thought out and carefully considered.  People should educate themselves on what responsible pet ownership truly entails.

The true definition of a good (responsible) home:  A home where a pet is considered a part of the family, is provided food, water, shelter, routine & emergency vet care, and is spayed or neutered.


One un-spayed female cat can generate over 400,000 offspring during the course of its life.

One un-spayed female dog can result in over 67,000 unwanted puppies.

Only a small percentage of these animals actually end up adopted into good homes, the rest are euthanized in shelters or are killed on the streets.  It is up to us as humans to put an end to the suffering.

Still think you need a puppy/kitten fix every once in a while??  Try fostering for your local shelters or rescue groups.  It is ideal for puppies/kittens to be born in homes rather than in shelters, they have a better chance of survival.  Most shelters provide the vet care, i.e. shots and spay/neuter, and once the babies are old enough to be spayed or neutered, they go back to the shelter for adoption.

In doing this you serve two purposes – you get your puppy/kitten fix, and you increase their chances of survival exponentially.

The is no other way to end the suffering and euthanization of adoptable animals.

So, I am on my way home from work last week, heard sirens and looked around to see where they were coming from, after all isn’t there a rule that that is what you are supposed to do?  I realized the ambulance was coming from behind me and since there were three lanes of traffic, I moved to the far right so that I wouldn’t be in their way.  Again isn’t there a rule for that?  I quickly noticed I was the only car that got out of the way.  What the heck, if that were my family member I would PRAY that people would get out of the way so that the paramedics could get there quick enough to save their life!  There are 3 lanes, 3 lanes people!  I don’t care if you need to turn left, get the heck out of the way!  What the heck is wrong with America these days???

After such a sickening experience I began to ponder…no wonder we can’t get through to the people around here about the importance of taking care of their animals, they don’t even care about their fellow man.  How sad is that?  So I began to become even more sick at my stomach.  I, along with many others, put so much effort and time into rescuing animals, providing education on animal welfare and the importance of spay/neuter, and the politics involved with having humane legislation passed.  I just had to wonder are our efforts just going into a big black hole?  Are we really the only people who care?  Why oh why does this feel like a race on a treadmill?  Then I got home, saw my three beautiful RESCUED babies, and my 6 beautiful fosters waiting for adoption, and that sickening feeling was replaced with love.  That’s what makes it all worthwhile.  They are just 9 of the lives I have saved, and although it doesn’t make a difference for all the homeless and abandoned animals out there, I know I have made the world a better place for the ones I have saved, and there is no way that effort is wasted : )

Please remember that even though you may just be one person, your efforts are not meaningless, and you are making a difference,  so keep on trucking along because if you don’t, who will??